Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is the thirteenth and most current television series in the Scooby-Doo franchise. What do I think of it? Read on to find out!
The formula for Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? pays tribute to the second Scooby-Doo television series, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1973). Like all Scooby-Doo media, that show featured a group of teenager: Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy solving mysteries with their Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. However, there were two distinct features. One: each episode was an hour long rather than half an hour. And two: each episode featured a celebrity guest star helping the Mystery, Inc. gang.
Some of those celebrities included Don Knotts, Don Adams, and Dick van Dyke. There were also episodes where the gang was helped by animated fictional characters such as The Three Stooges, Batman and Robin, and The Addams Family.
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? retains the celebrity guest star per episode aspect, but keeps each episode’s length to the usual half an hour. I really appreciate this as the hour-long episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies honestly dragged at times and contained a lot of filler. It’s also interesting to see the modern era celebrities who appear as themselves in this series (sometimes they’re even the “villains”) including Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Penn and Teller, Morgan Freeman, Laila Ali, and my absolute favorite one, the late Alex Trebek.
Even Sandy Duncan appears in an episode which pays tribute to her appearance in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies that she did all those years ago. She’s the only guest star to appear in both shows and due to the fact that most all the other guest stars from The New Scooby-Doo Movies are dead, she’s likely to be the only one.
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? even features celebrities that younger crowds could care about more than I personally do such as Lizy Koshy, Gigi Hadid, and Macklemore.
This show has great animation bringing the designs of the characters back to what we’re most familiar with compared to the animated series that ran prior to this show, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (2015-2018).
Also, the voice acting by all involved is top-notch as usual with Frank Welker voicing Fred and Scooby-Doo, Grey Griffin voicing Daphne, Kate Micucci voicing Velma, and Matthew Lillard voicing Shaggy. I was even surprised by how good almost all the celebrity voice actors were! Even Macklemore and Liza Koshy surprised me!
However, there are some things I didn’t like about this series as well. Since the main feature of this series is the celebrity guest star, much of the episode’s focus is on the celebrity guest star and spending time with them. The clue hunting and mystery solving takes a backseat in each episode and pretty much only serves as a MacGuffin. This is one of the reasons why I think The New Scooby-Doo Movies was an hour long: to devote enough time both to the celebrity guest star as well as to the mystery (although again, there still was a lot of padding).
Also the first half of the first season is HORRIBLE! Man, those episodes were so unengaging, disappointing, and just badly written that I almost quit watching the rest of the series! Many of them also featured fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the crew of The Funky Phantom.
Thankfully, the series gets better as you progress, with the mysteries more interesting, the writing better, and the celebrities better too. But gosh, there’s a lot of bad you have to sit through in the beginning! I almost want to tell people to skip the first half of the first season altogether!
All in all, the show is a pretty entertaining light-hearted Scooby-Doo television series. It’s not the best Scooby-Doo series ever made, but if you want to watch something harmless that you can enjoy popcorn with and wax nostalgic about an older Scooby-Doo show, then I definitely recommend Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?! Check it out on Boomerang or Cartoon Network!